Christmas

My Favorite Things

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When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad
- 'My Favorite Things', Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II

I don’t honestly remember when the song 'My Favorite Things' from the musical The Sound of Music first made it onto the Christmas music playlist. I suppose it does talk about “sleigh bells” and “snowflakes” and “silver white winters”, but it has never struck me as overly Christmassy in nature. In the context of this blog, however, it fits perfectly.

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is always one of the busiest for many people, myself included. End of year deadlines approach, relatives and friends visit, holiday preparations plow steadily forward, and there are too many parties and get-togethers to number. But even in the midst of everything associated with the holiday season, I still make time to watch some of my favorite Christmas movies.

I enjoy Christmas movies of all kinds – animated, black & white, made for TV, etc. – but there are a handful that I love the most. These are the movies I have to watch each holiday season or I feel like something is missing. For instance, my Mom and I always watch White Christmas while decorating the family Christmas tree. It’s been our tradition for years, and one I would be sad to miss.

For this last blog of the holiday season, Donna (my wonderful movie blogging partner) and I have put together a list of our must-watch holiday movies. What movies do you consider essential holiday viewing?

Santa Puppet Show & Craft

Santa Hat courtesy of Clker.comPuppets, crafts, books - what a great way to get ready for Christmas week!  We'll start you off right this Saturday, 12/19 at 1:00pm with the "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" puppet show.  Stay after the show to make your own puppet.  Then, you can present a puppet show to your family next week!  

Family Christmas Storytime at the Stratford Library!


FAMILY CHRISTMAS STORYTIME

STRATFORD LIBRARY

TUESDAY DECEMBER 22

10:15 AM

ALL AGES WELCOME!

STORIES, SONGS, AND CRAFTS

WITH A CHRISTMAS THEME!

 

This Week at the Stratford Library!

Tiny Tuesday Sensory Play 

Tuesday Dec 15 10:15 AM

Ages 0-2

Babies explore and learn by playing!

 

 

 
 

 

Adult Christmas Coloring Extravaganza                                            

Wednesday December 16 10:30 AM

Create holiday themed coloring projects!

 

A Christmas Carol

scrooge's turkeyOf all the traditional Christmas tales, there is one that has been explored in movies and television more than any other: A Christmas Carol. Originally a novella written by Charles Dickens in 1843, A Christmas Carol is an enduring classic of the holiday season. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old man who detests Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by three spirits who help him transform into a kinder and gentler man who embodies the spirit of the season.

It’s not hard to see why filmmakers have continually found themselves drawn to retell Dickens’ classic tale. It includes many of the elements audiences find most compelling: a holiday setting; a transformation for the better; a variety of ghosts; and an endearing family who are down on their luck, yet still happy. It is also a story that lends itself easily to adaptation. Dickens’ story has been retold as a comedy (Scrooged), a parody (Blackadder’s Christmas Carol), a musical (A Christmas Carol: The Musical), with Muppets (The Muppet Christmas Carol) and mice (Mickey’s Christmas Carol), a science fiction tale (Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol), and more. Some of the elements might change from version to version, but the general story of transformation and rebirth is always present.

If you’re in the mood to watch a version of the Charles Dickens classic this holiday season, check out the list below. Some of the titles listed below are available through Hoopla, HCPL’s streaming media catalog. If you have questions about how to use Hoopla, please call any of the HCPL locations and ask a librarian for help getting started.

Night at the North Pole - Tonight!

Tonight's the night!

- Crafts!

-Treats!

- Hot Chocolate!

- Gumdrop Building!

- Friends of the Library Sale!

- Santa!

6:30 PM at the Stratford Library.

Don't miss it!

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town…

Babbo NataleYou'd better watch out, you'd better not cry
You'd better not pout, I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
- 'Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town', John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie

I’ve said this year after year, but it bears repeating: I love Christmas! Christmas was always a big celebration in my house as a child, so the holiday has always been my favorite. I love putting up decorations (in fact, I’ve already helped decorate 3 different trees!), singing Christmas carols, watching Christmas movies, making Christmas cookies, and picking out the perfect gifts for family and friends.

As a child, one of my favorite things about Christmas was, of course, Santa Claus. I loved picturing him in his workshop at the North Pole, preparing all year long with the elves for Christmas. There was nothing I wanted more than to take The Polar Express to the North Pole and hear the reindeer bells. I even wrote a letter to Santa every year and, once or twice, received a reply! And there was nothing more fun than waking up Christmas morning to find that Santa had eaten the cookies we set out and left presents under the tree.

Although Christmas movies take all forms and genres, Santa continues to be a popular theme. In some, like The Santa Clause, he is the main character, while in others, like Frosty the Snowman, he plays only a minor role. A few of these movies, like The Nightmare Before Christmas, even feature a character posing as Santa for some nefarious purpose. But no matter the role, Santa is always crucial to the climax of the story.

It’s early in December yet, but it’s certainly time to start watching favorite Christmas movies! If you’re in the mood for a movie featuring Santa Claus, check out one of the titles below. Many of the movies on the list are meant for children, but that doesn’t mean adults can’t still watch them and remember the magic and wonder of Christmases past.

Happy Holidays from the Stratford Library!

 

Join us for our fabulous holiday events in December!

Dec 7th - Night at the North Pole!

Crafts! Hot Chocolate! Treats! Gumdrop Building! And Santa!

Fun for the whole family!

Dec 15th - Santa's Toothpaste!

Fun holiday sensory play for babies!

Dec 16th - Christmas Coloring Extravaganza!

Dec 22nd - Family Christmas Storytime!             

Toys for Tots collection is over (for this year)

Toys for Tots 2014A huge thank you to all of you who have donated gifts to Toys for Tots.  Thanks to your generous hearts, a lot of children will have something to smile about this Christmas!

Polar Express Story Time @ North Channel

The Polar ExpressStart off your Christmas week with a special Polar Express Program at North Channel on Monday, December 22nd at 6 pm!  Wear your comfiest pj’s as we read The Polar

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